The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid: A Memoir by Bill Bryson Audio Book: 7 hours, 38 mins Hardback Book: 288 pages Genre: Biography
I loved this story as it reminded me of one of my favorite Christmas tales, A Christmas Story by Jean Shepherd. It talks about life in the 50s and he makes so many references to what was going on, what ads were being marketed for which brands, how life was simpler and how everyone always dressed up to go downtown. Though he grew up in and describes Des Moines, Iowa it could be anywhere in the Midwest during that time. He talks of t.v. and the shows that were on Sky King, Zorro, the Lone Ranger and how much things cost during his childhood. A guy could have a ball at the corner confectionary, or at the matinee for a quarter. We’re talking popcorn and candy and a show at the matinee or just go gangbusters on candy at the confectionary. Such a pleasant trip back through Bill’s life growing up in Iowa. And yes, he speaks to that cornfield thing. He and his friends were crreped out by the corn that back then grew 8 feet tall because corporate farms weren’t making sure all the stalks grew to exactly 6 ft. uniformly. He said it was not the fun maze you hear about. He and his friends were afraid to go play in the cornfields – you might never be seen again. Hmmmmm, I wonder if Stephen King ever visited Iowa in his youth? A fun trip down Bill Bryson’s Nostalgia Lane. I truly enjoyed this book, he also tells about how he and Katz (from a Walk in the Woods – his partner walking the Appalachian Trail) met. Life was like a Little Rascals short film and totally true. Good book.